Break Time

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. The love part is that I enjoy catching up with people from all over the country and around the world. I enjoy seeing how others worship and love getting ideas for ministry. The hate part is..well..everything else.  There is a complete sense of disassociating oneself from any sense of reality and any real connection to people. How often have you been so moved by something you have seen on social media that it can really be said that it made a deep impact in your life, not just a 5 minute speed bump.

This was running through my mind earlier today as I was reading a story on the newest trend on Facebook: the new “pride” emoji you can get. This was coming off the “pride” jerseys the mens and women’s National soccer teams wore this past month. More and more, everywhere I was turning and logging onto, I was seeing nothing but unGodly images and trends. This is to be expected, because we live in satan’s world, and this vessel is just temporary until we reach our heavenly homes. But that does not mean we have to participate in it. And this is the reason I no longer will be.

It is time Christians to start to take the responsibility of being in the world but not of the world seriously. It is time we start to let others around us know that we belong to Jesus, and that we will not partake of the worldly sins which society says are alright. By continuing to support social media sites which advocate and advance sin, you are condoning their practices.

I have written many times about the need for us as followers of Christ to only support Christian media with our dollars (ie, PureFlix over NetFlix / Hulu). I am now urging all to to do the same with how you spend your time online. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram are great tools for ministry. But they are also great tools for the world to influence you. Make sure you are logging in for the right reasons.

From today on, all my personal accounts will be inactive.  I still maintain and manage business accounts which will remain active. But my ministry work will continue right here on WordPress and through podcasts. I want to urge you all to consider doing the same.

1440. That is how many minutes you have in your day to spread God’s Word. That is your one and only purpose while here on earth. How effective are you using that time? If you are being buried under an avalanche of sin, you must move on.

Matthew 12:33
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.”

Increasingly, social media produces bad fruit, and is taking more and more children of Christ down. You have to be able to recognize this in your life and be willing to say that the benefits of being on these sites do not outweigh the negative effects it has on your walk with God.

I look forward to using the time which is now freed to explore the bible on a deeper and more meaningful level, and sharing with you all my thoughts through this ministry.

May God’s wisdom and grace shine on you all, and I plead with you to look and see if your online activity is interfering with your relationship with your Savior.

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Sounds of Silence

Christians, now is the time to stand up and let your voice not be heard. Yes, read that correctly. It is time those who profess to follow Jesus, to stop talking politics on all social media sites unless it is something positive to say. Stop the “I am moving out of the country if” posts. Stop the blame game posts, the I hate (fill in the candidate) posts, basically, stop any post that does not somehow in some way bring people closer to Jesus. And trust me, there is nothing Christ-like about that post screaming for a candidate to be put in jail. So it is time to rise up and in a show of complete silence, step away from Facebook, Twitter and all the other social sites and simply say I have had enough.

I did this last week. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have accounts on what I call the big 3 (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). But I have completely removed the app for Facebook from my phone and tablet. I only have the messenger and page manager on my mobile devices now. And I cannot tell you how freeing it is. Now, I have to pull out my laptop (which is barely done once a day) if I want to see the latest have to know trend. And I urge all of you to do the same.

Some of you may say that doing this is wrong. That we should be letting people know where we stand on the issues important to our faith and our country. And I would 100% agree with that statement. But telling someone they are going to hell because they are voting for a certain candidate, or minimalizing someone’s importance because of their political position is not the way we should be trying to get our message of standing up for Christ across.

Our sole purpose on this earth is one thing and one thing only: to win as many souls as possible over to Christ. Every word we say and every action we take (including every post we make on any social networking site) should be leading to this goal. People should gravitate toward us because the love and compassion coming through us is so bright and shining that they want what we have. They should not be repelled by us because of our words and posts. And over the last few weeks, I have seen plenty of my Christian friends on these sites completely destroy any message of Christ’s love they may have get lost in a sea of bitter, angry posts.

God’s love and grace is for everyone. And that is the message we should be sharing. So if you want to make your voice be heard, make it be heard on election day by going in and voting for the candidate you feel will best exemplify Christ through their work in office. But until them, it is time simply stay positive and let God’s Love shine through all your do. It is time to be that something different we are all called to be.